College student from Twin Cities found dead in Iowa river

Published 10:01 am Tuesday, September 20, 2016

By Paul Walsh

Minneapolis Star Tribune

A young man from Eden Prairie who was missing after being out at a bar near his Iowa college was found dead in a river, authorities said.

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Law enforcement authorities recovered the body of Bjorn Norderhaug on Sunday morning from the Upper Iowa River near Decorah, home of Luther College, school and law enforcement officials said.

“The Luther community is devastated by this loss and continues to pray for Bjorn’s family,” said Paula Carlson, president of the private liberal-arts school, located 15 miles south of the Minnesota border in northeastern Iowa.

Norderhaug, 21, was a computer science major and was on pace to graduate in 2017, a college spokeswoman said. Norderhaug previously had lived in Chanhassen, the spokeswoman said.

Police in Decorah said they received a report about 6:30 p.m. Saturday that Norderhaug was missing. They were told that he was last seen downtown about 1:50 a.m. on Saturday.

Before Norderhaug’s body had been located, police said he had been at the Corner Bar on E. Water Street that night around closing time.